The Money Saving Expert is warning people they could be unnecessarily increasing the costs of their bills due to a belief in a popular heating myth.
Martin Lewis and his Money Saving Expert (MSE) team have debunked common myths on trying to keep homes warm in the colder months of winter.
As people are staying in their homes a lot more due to Tier 4 restrictions, heating bills are likely to shoot up higher than usual.
One hotly debated issue is whether or not to keep the heating on low all day or only use it as and when you need it, reports Liverpool Echo.
According to experts at the Energy Saving Trust, the idea that it’s cheaper to leave the heating on low all day is actually a myth, said MSE.
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Having the heating on only when you need it is, in the long run, the best way to save energy – and money, according to experts.
The MSE also advises a timer is the best method to use as your thermostat turns your heating on and off to keep your home at the temperature you set.
Keeping your heating on low all day could see you facing significantly higher bills.
The key issue to bear in mind is that the cost comes down to the total amount of energy required to heat your home.
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While a certain amount of energy is constantly leaking out of your home; how much will depend on how good your insulation is – but the Energy Saving Trust says if you’re keeping the heating on all day, you’re losing energy all day, so it’s better to heat your home only when you need it.
But it’s not as simple and straight forward situation. MSE states some specialists disagree – and argue you should keep the heating on constantly for an entirely different reason.
They advocate keeping the heating on low all day, turning all radiator valves up to the max and the boiler down to the minimum, and say the problem with turning the heating on and off is that every time it’s turned off, condensation collects within the walls. This condensation can help conduct heat outside the home, they say – meaning you leak heat more quickly and so will use more energy as a result.
However, MSE’s focus is on keeping costs low – and the cheapest way to keep heating bills down is to use the heating as and when you need it.